The Future of Sustainable Development in the 21st Century [06/21/2009]


  • William H. Dent, Jr., Executive Director, Natural Partners & Monarch (Butterfly) Sister Schools Program (MSSP)
  • Jun S. Lee, President/CEO, Vision Of Global Outreach (VOGO) International
  • Rhon Hayes, Co-Founder, Green DMV

Segment 1

Jun S. Lee, President/CEO, Vision Of Global Outreach (VOGO) International
Segment 2

Rhon Hayes, Co-Founder, Green DMV
Rhon Hayes, Co-Founder, Green DMV
Segment 3

William H. Dent, Jr., Executive Director, Natural Partners & Monarch (Butterfly) Sister Schools Program (MSSP)
William H. Dent, Jr., Executive Director, Natural Partners & Monarch (Butterfly) Sister Schools Program (MSSP)
Segment 4

Jun S. Lee, Rhon Hayes, and William H. Dent, Jr.
Jun S. Lee, Rhon Hayes, and William H. Dent, Jr.

Program Summary:

The EmeraldPlanet weekly television programs are broadcast and distributed via Channel 10 TV in Fairfax, Virginia USA.  The programs are being simulcast to 2095 stations around the United States and then overseas by the Internet and C-SPAN television.   The EmeraldPlanet programs are currently available in all countries and 214 territories around the world.  The Emerald Trek and companion The Emerald Mini-Treks are identifying the 1,000 “best practices” on location from the 143 nations, 750 cities, and 50,000 communities by Internet TV, local television stations, main stream media outlets, YouTube, Facebook, The EmeraldPlanet Meetup, Twitter, among other social media networks, and all manner of print media.

The EmeraldPlanet TV is broadcasting weekly a number of the “best practices which are identified through collaboration with:  major non-governmental organizations (NGOs); United Nations, universities and colleges; research institutes; government ministries and agencies; Embassies; banking and micro-lending organizations; Chambers of Commerce; World Trade Centers, international bodies such as The World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), citizens groups; multimedia organizations; among others by utilizing the most advanced broadcasting hardware and software along with an outstanding television Production Crew to reach an ever expanding global audience.  The Emerald Trek is focused upon linking principals identified among the 1,000 ‘best practices’ in the 144 nations being visited through this world-wide movement. The Emerald Trek is encompassing over 300,000 miles, visiting 750 major cities, and 50,000 suburban and rural communities in the identified nations.

This program features:

  • Segment 1: Jun S. Lee, President/CEO, Vision Of Global Outreach (VOGO) International
  • Segment 2: Rhon Hayes, Co-Founder, Green DMV
  • Segment 3: William H. Dent, Jr., Executive Director, Natural Partners & Monarch (Butterfly) Sister Schools Program (MSSP)
  • Segment 4: Jun S. Lee, Rhon Hayes, and William H. Dent, Jr.


Significant opportunities to become global market leaders in various industries such as clean technology and energy, security, IT, telecom and broadband exist. The question is: how do you transform the risk of these explosively fast growing industries into global business opportunities?

That’s where VOGO International comes in. They are committed to helping their clients ‘have global impact by taking local action,’ and become global leaders in their industries through identifying, developing and deploying globally relevant and high impact strategies, capabilities and platforms.

Through global insight, focused partnerships, and result-driven practices vital to helping clients understand and take action regarding risks, opportunities, lessons and the best global practices, they work with their partners to become globally relevant market leaders.

They are headquartered in the U.S. and have regional offices around the world. Their teams of high-performance experts from various industries are dedicated to accelerating the development of innovative technology companies via a wide scope of resources and services. They oversee the advising, sourcing, funding, architecting and execution of solutions that fulfill the Vision of Global Outreach – “have global impact by taking local action”

Green DMV

Green DMV is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes clean energy and green jobs as a pathway out of poverty in low-income communities across America. They are working to ensure that the environmental, social and economic benefits of a clean energy future are inclusive of all people that share our natural resources.

Recently (as of April 2012) Green DMV has partnered with AME Church Bishops Vashti Murphy McKenzie and Adam Jefferson Richardson, Jr. and The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, to help AME congregations raise their environmental awareness, make their churches more energy efficient and redirect cost savings to contribute to the churches’ mission.

In April 2011, Green DMV won the Mid-Atlantic Environmental Excellence award. They have done things such as launching an Environmental Literacy Initiative for D.C Teacher and also working with houses of worship by helping them manage their own energy consumption using energy management software tools enabling them to take an active role in financial, energy and environmental stewardship.

Natural Partners & Mr. Willian Dent, Jr.

The mission of Natural Partners is to assist grassroots environmental groups to mobilize the financial and human resources needed for them to acquire the rights to and manage strategic areas of the world’s most threatened ecosystems to ensure their long-term preservation and stewardship for generations to come.

Mr. Dent is a native of Washington, DC. After attending the University of Maryland, where he earned a Bachelor’s in history, he served in the Peace Corps in Chile. Upon his return, he did graduate work at the University of Chicago, earning a Master’s degree in education and an MBA in finance. With the support of the Ford Foundation, Mr. Dent moved to Brazil to serve as a consultant to BNDES, the National Development Bank of Brazil, where he sensed the need for better business training and assisted Roberto Lima Netto in founding SEBRAE, Brazil’s Small Business Administration, today the country’s most important ‘business school’ for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Mr. Dent then served as project manager at the Inter-American Development Bank putting together a number of innovative projects in Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras and Costa Rica, involving investments in excess of $2 billion. During the 1990’s, Mr. Dent founded and was CEO of CD-ROM International, pioneering the introduction of U.S. and European bibliographic databases (e.g., Medline) and related IT services at some 200 institutions throughout Brazil. In early 2003, Mr. Dent founded Natural Partners, with the help of Flavio Pinheiro, Adam Tomasek and Ann McClellan, and currently serves as its Executive Director.

As you may know EmeraldPlanet is a worldwide non-profit organization dedicated to identifying at least 1,000 ‘best practices’ for sustainable environmental and economic development. Our efforts are to link those having such “best practices” with those needing the technologies, processes, services, and products to be outstanding ecological stewards of their resources. Please support The Emerald Planet Television and The Emerald Trek through your generous donations of US$25, US$50, or US$100. Click the donations button to make your contributions now

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